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Certified Master Chef Robert Mancuso ’90 Tells CIA Graduates their Education is Just Getting Started

St. Helena, CA – Certified Master Chef Robert Mancuso delivered the keynote address during commencement at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, CA on April 13. Mancuso, a 1990 graduate of the college’s New York campus, is executive chef of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco. He told his newest group of fellow alumni that their graduation is just the beginning of their learning.

“Many of you may find yourselves involved in different aspects of our industry, but one thing I am certain of is that there is no successful executive or professional that has ignored his or her need to grow academically,” Mancuso advised recipients of degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. “Continuing your education is empowerment you simply cannot do without.”

Twenty years after earning his CIA degree, Chef Mancuso successfully completed the rigorous eight-day Certified Master Chef exam, becoming one of only 65 chefs to hold the highest certification bestowed by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). He has earned 13 gold medals in national and international cooking competitions, and in 2005 Mancuso was named Chef of the Year by the ACF’s Monterey Bay Chapter.

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Robert Mancuso, a 1990 CIA graduate and one of only 65 Certified Master Chefs in the United States, delivered the commencement address at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone on April 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Charlie Gesell/CIA)
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